Electricity can be dangerous, and when your job involves frequent exposure to high voltages, taking precautions saves lives. That’s why the folks at ArcelorMittal team up with the American Red Cross every year to conduct CPR/AED training.
As a worldwide steel and mining company, ArcelorMittal employs people who routinely deal with high voltage electrical work. The ArcelorMittal team knows that if an employee becomes a victim of sudden cardiac arrest from electric shock, seconds may mean the difference between life and death.
Most recently, the muffled sounds of chest compressions, airway checks and simulated 9-1-1 calls echoed through the United Steelworkers Union Hall in Steelton, Pa., when almost 100 of ArcelorMittal’s employees participated in Adult CPR/AED training.
“When our guys are out there, we want them to know CPR,” said Patrick McHugh, training coordinator for ArcelorMittal. Quick response and a call to paramedics saves lives, he said. If employees can respond within the first three to four minutes of life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest, it reduces the risk of death.
“Health and safety is ArcelorMittal’s number one priority across all sites, countries and levels of the company,” states the company’s website. With nearly 700 employees located in the Steelton plant, a safe workplace makes a safe community.
The Red Cross typically partners with local businesses to help them achieve their health and safety goals with education for employees.
“Lifesaving skills and how to respond to an emergency carries through to the community, the home and anywhere people may travel. The skills you learn from the Red Cross can be used in all aspects of life – home, work, vacation,” said Pamela Malene, Preparedness Health and Safety Service Delivery Manager for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter.
“ArcelorMittal has been a strong supporter of the Red Cross. In additional to integrating Red Cross CPR/AED certification classes into their safety plan, it also supports the community with education and funding for creating a safe community. They have become a sponsor for the Ready Rating Program,” Malene said.
Ready Rating is a free service from the American Red Cross that helps businesses, schools and organizations achieve higher levels of preparedness. Members have access to tools, resources and information to evaluate and improve their ability to withstand disasters, maintain operations, and protect lives and property.
Photo: Employees of ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company in Steelton, Pa., spend a Saturday in March at the United Steelworkers Union Hall learning adult CPR/AED as part of the company’s safety plan in partnership with the American Red Cross of Central Pennsylvania.